Effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on milk production per hectare in Ecuadorian herds

  • Guillermo Emilio Guevara Viera Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad de Cuenca https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3832-9090
  • Raúl Victorino Guevara Viera Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad de Cuenca
  • Carlos Santiago Torres Inga Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad de Cuenca https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6379-4926
  • Ángel Eduardo Ceró Rizo Universidad Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz
Keywords: milk production, cattle, Covid-19, Ecuador

Abstract

Dairy production systems in Ecuador have been studied in the last 10 years. During the Covid-2019 pandemic, the entire human society was harmed and agricultural activities affected by the disease and by the restrictions implemented to prevent its spread. The dairy industry did not escape this global situation and was affected in various countries. Reports from Ecuador and Asian countries indicate the unfavorable effect that this global health emergency situation had on dairy production. However, according to a report by the Argentine Dairy Chain Observatory1, world milk production had a constant growth of around 3%. It is considered that the activities carried out by veterinarians, milking and animal handling operators, inseminators and by the personnel dedicated to the management of paddocks were affected by Covid-19. Likewise, the supply of medicines, agricultural inputs and technology had a critical situation due to the pandemic. In addition, the response times were not always adequate, especially due to the absenteeism of livestock personnel, human mortality and effects on the health and well-being of people . Therefore, it is of interest to investigate the effects the pandemic could have on the country's cattle farms. The objective of this work was to evaluate whether the pandemic period affected milk production per hectare per year in Ecuadorian herds.

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Published
2022-10-21
How to Cite
Guevara Viera, Guillermo Emilio, Raúl Victorino Guevara Viera, Carlos Santiago Torres Inga, and Ángel Eduardo Ceró Rizo. 2022. “Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Milk Production Per Hectare in Ecuadorian Herds”. Latin American Archives of Animal Production 30 (Supl. 2), 95-97. https://doi.org/10.53588/alpa.300617.